News & Events
Call for Volunteers May 1, 2014
The Awareness and Localization of Explosives Related Threats (ALERT) program at Northeastern University employs an Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) lab in the Egan building on Campus. In this lab there are technologies used to image the surface of the human body, very similar to the systems used at airports worldwide today. We are exploring combinations of imaging techniques in order to determine optimum detection of threats capabilities. The types of technologies (Video, Radar, X-ray, thermal imaging, and passive nuclear quadrapole resonance) have all been proven to be safe for human exposure. We are now in the testing phase of this research. We are calling out now for volunteers willing to be imaged by these technologies.
Research Participant FAQ
Read more details about what volunteering requires in the Informed Consent to Participate in Research FAQ.
Please contact us if you are interested in participating:
Professor Carey Rappaport
ALERT Thrust Lead – Bulk Sensors & Sensor Systems,
ALERT Research Consultant,
Massachusetts General Hospital
Please note, this call for volunteers has been approved by Northeastern University’s Institutional Review Board.
United States Secret Service Seeking Eligible Students with Chemistry Backgrounds May 23, 2013
The United States Secret Service would like to fund a COE, using the BOA, to support their Dynamic Ink Aging project. This project involves performing a series of experiments to determine the optimized parameters for assessing the age of ballpoint writing ink.
They are looking for two students who are citizens of the United States, chemistry majors and are able to obtain a security clearance or already have a clearance. Students have the option to either work on-site in Washington D.C. in the USSS Forensic Lab or off-site in their own university labs. If the students work off-site they must have access to a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) and a thermal desorption unit (TDU). It is anticipated that the length of the project will be one year.
If interested, please send a resume, bio, and a list of chemistry courses to:
2013 ALERT REU Summer Program Now Accepting Applications January 16, 2013
We are accepting applications for the upcoming ALERT REU Program. The 10-week paid summer program offers undergraduate engineers the opportunity to engage in ALERT research with faculty members located at Northeastern University in Boston, Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. The application deadline is February 22, 2013. For more information, and to apply, visit the REU webpage.Read More
2012 Post Doctoral Research Associate Position August 7, 2012
Location: Gordon-CenSSIS Optical Sciences Laboratory, Northeastern University
The Gordon-CenSSIS Optical Sciences Laboratory in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University, is looking for a Post Doctoral Research Associate to perform basic research, maintain the laboratory, and assist the supervisor in the interpretation and publication of results and grants.
Candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent, experience in Matlab, electronic test equipment, optical breadboarding, safe operation and handling of laser diodes, among other things, and must be able to undertake substantially full-time research or scholarship, working under the supervision of a senior scholar.
This position ranges in pay between $36,848 – $60,733, with a midpoint of $48,791. Qualified applicants should send their resume to Anne Magrath at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions and more information, contact Emel Bulat at email@example.com.
Students, Apply Today! April 18, 2012
DHS HS-STEM Career Development Program at Northeastern University – ALERT is seeking applications from academically talented graduate engineering students who are interested in pursuing rewarding careers in Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) and related security threat detection fields upon graduation.Read More
Northeastern President meets with Homeland Security Secretary September 29, 2011
One week after opening the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, Northeastern President Joseph Aoun traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Please visit the Northeastern news website to learn more.Read More
Michael Silevitch quoted in FoxNews article, Northeastern News September 8, 2011
ALERT co-director Michael Silevitch was quoted in a September 8th Fox News article “After 9/11: Ten Years of Tech Made Airports Safer, Experts Say”. In the article, Prof. Silevitch discusses some of the recent ALERT work in crowd behavior and novel sensors – read more here.
This coverage dovetails with his recent Q&A with Northeastern News, available hereRead More
See video of ALERT Researcher Carey Rappaport discussing his suicide bomber detection technique July 11, 2011
Carey Rappaport is researching the next wave of technologies that can detect explosives being concealed on a person’s body. Go to Northeastern’s Youtube Channel to see the video.Read More
NOPP Names “Marine Mammal Detection and Monitoring” Funding Award Winners March 25, 2011
Gordon-CenSSIS Researcher Purnima Ratilal is one of five individuals awarded multiple-year funds for marine mammal detection, classification and localization by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. Dr. Ratilal’s proposal topic: “Instantaneous Passive and Active Detection, Localization and Monitoring of Marine Mammals over Long Ranges”.Read More